Monday, April 25, 2011

Petals in the Die

Sorry I haven't been around much.  It seems like I'm always multi-tasking and the time goes by much faster than I'd like it to some days.  I hope everyone had a pleasant Easter celebration.  We enjoyed time with family.  My sweet, adorable, precious great-niece Zoe (pictured with me in my avatar) is now three.  She has more energy than any other child I know of!   She is at such a fun age, and I enjoyed watching her look for eggs on her Easter egg hunt.  She was so funny.  Every time she'd find an egg, she'd squeal with delight and then throw it in her basket.  You could hear the eggshells cracking!!  OMG!  We were all laughing so hard!

Now, onto the stamping business at hand.....My friend, Joan (or Joanie as I like to call her), on Splitcoaststampers, is the hostess this week for the Technique challenge.  She gave us the challenge to "stamp in the die."  Here's how Joanie described the technique:

"All you have to do is stamp your image using a background stamp or any other large image that will cover the whole die so the unstamped edge under the die creates the frame. ....easy peasy!!!

1. Cut out your layer with a die...Nestabilities were used for my sample.
2. Leave the cardstock in the die and stamp the image covering the whole die. Press fairly hard so all the paper is covered with ink.
3. Remove the paper from the die...be careful because the ink on the die will be wet. If you try to clean the ink off the die before removing the paper, it may smudge the paper (I know this from experience...LOL!!)
4. Tadaa...instant frame around the die cut!!"

I pulled out some long-neglected, but still loved, Stampin' Up stamps for my design today.  I used Petal Prints and French Script background.

I used the fancy tags die cut in kraft cs first and stamped both the French Script and Petal Prints flower while still in that die. I then cut another fancy tag out of night of navy and trimmed off the ends and a little of both sides of the kraft cardstock so I could have the navy matting.

After I stamped the Petal Prints flower, I heat set it with clear embossing powder for a richer color than how it stamped on the cardstock.

Well, it's back to the multi-tasking since the dryer is buzzing and the clothes are begging to be folded.  Oh the drudgery of laundry!  LOL!

Have a fabulous day and thanks for stopping by!


deb mills said...

so great to hear from you, charlene! i have enjoyed looking through your beautiful cards. and that little redhead is so adorable. did you see my little redhead garden helper? he's 5 now. so glad you had a lovely easter. enjoy your week!

Mothermark said...

Very cool! You are always trying new stuff...I admire that about you! This is a very cool. I love the texture too, it sorta looks like burlap.

Glad you had some fun family time!

Julia Aston said...

This is just lovely Charlene! What a pretty flower and the blues look super! I didn't get a chance to try this fun technique yet!

Bev Gerard said...

**I cannot hear laundry speak today!** ;o)

LOVE the way you've employed this technique, Charlene! Beautiful!


Pat (mspfd) said...

Wowza, Charlene, this looks amazing. Gorgeous work; you go girl!

Joanne (jojot) said...

the TECHNIQUE QUEEN strikes again with an outstanding beauty full of texture and detail....fabulous...Joanie will be proud

Joan Ervin said...

Joanie here...not to be confused with the naughty Joan who is such a snot...Charlene, you did a FABULOUS job with the challenge!!!! I love everything about this gorgeous card, especially how you used the fancy tags thingy...ya did good, girlie!!!